First Black Woman MTA Driver Dies in Nashville from COVID-19


Press Release

February 13, 2021

                      Left to right. Mr. Duff, Elizabeth Duff, Property Assessor Vivian Wilhoite

First Black Woman MTA Driver Dies in Nashville from COVID-19

 The Labor movement in Middle TN mourns the loss of retired ATU Local 1235 retiree Elizabeth Duff who died today from complications from COVID-19.   Mrs. Duff was Nashville’s first Black woman to become a bus operator. Born and raised in Nashville, Elizabeth Duff was always intrigued by the city buses. As a kid, she would just sit on the bus and watch the driver do his job. Her first driving job was with Chevrolet Courtesy Car, and it was one of her clients that put the bug in her ear about driving for MTA.

During Black History Month in 2018, Mrs. Duff was recognized by ATU Local 1235 for her extraordinary service to the city of Nashville.  While she was no longer an active member, Mrs. Duff was a beloved member of the local and her loss will be deeply felt by all its members.  Information regarding the services for Mrs. Duff will be shared when they are available.  Please keep the family in your prayers.



Contact: Patrick Green

                ATU 1235 President




Amalgamated Transit Union Local No. 1235 is the designated Davidson Transit Organization (DTO) employee representative for public transit operated by Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County as MTA.  We are a body of active duty MTA employees who are dedicated advocates for our fellow co-workers in issues of workplace welfare, safety and fair treatment.  We are proud to be an active part of the ATU and Central Labor Council of Nashville/Middle TN.